I started staff writing in 2012. It hasn’t been a very long time since I started writing online, but the amount of writing jobs that I have has grown significantly over this two-year timeframe.
Currently, I write over 20 articles each week. Some weeks I write much more than that, some weeks a little less.
Writing online is one of the many services that I offer through my freelancing business, and it is what helped me leave my day job to pursue freelancing full-time. Because of this, I receive many e-mails each week from readers asking what they can do to get into online writing.
You may have to start out small.
Many writers start out by taking free or low-paying jobs. Some say that you should always start out strong, but I think that in the beginning these low-paying jobs can help you build your portfolio. I don’t know of many people who will pay a new writer the same as they pay a highly experienced writer.
It can also help you determine if writing is for you. If you’ve never written for someone else before, then it might not be the best idea to start out with a full-time writing job. You might want to try just spending a few hours each week writing, to determine if you really like it.
Figure out what topic you want to write about.
Some writers decide to write about all sorts of topics, but many choose to narrow it down to one or two. I mainly write for finance and travel blogs. Finance is something that I enjoy talking about, but travel helps me branch out a bit and write something new every now and then, which I love.
There are many different niches out there: lifestyle, finance, fashion, travel, family, education, business, home, DIY, and more.
Have a website.
If you want to write for others, then you will need to advertise your services in some form. I don’t have a website dedicated to my freelancing services, but I do have Making Sense of Cents where I have a page dedicated to the different services that I offer. It has helped many clients find me.
Search for writing jobs.
If you are not having much luck with your writing website, then you may want to try searching for writing jobs yourself. I have done this many times, and I have found many successful writing positions this way.
There are two main ways to do this: search job boards and/or find websites that you are interested in working for.
Job boards such as ProBlogger will list available jobs. Website owners list their jobs on their job board and it can make it very easy to find available jobs. However, the search doesn’t end there – you still have to apply for the writing position and be accepted.
The second way is to find websites that you are interested in writing for, and personally seeing if they have any writing positions open. They might have a “Career” section or something similar that directly says if they have a writing job, or you might have to reach out to someone at the website/company to see if they are looking for a writer.
Whatever you do, always make sure that the website/company that you are going to write for is a real one! I always do research before I say yes to a job, because you don’t want to waste your time and not get paid.
Do you have any writing jobs? Why or why not?